On January 25, 2014, the Kumusha Takes Wiki team was happy to announce the first Wikipedian in Community in Cote d’Ivoire called Cyriac Gohi Gbogou. The Kumusha Takes Wiki is a project that aims at activating communities across Africa to create and contribute freely-licensed information, texts, images and media about their communities (villages, townships, suburbs, inner cities, etc).
It uses community journalism to gather community-relevant information on heritage, culture, notable persons, geographical features, among other things. It gives each community an online presence that is ‘owned’ by the community, provide information that can be pulled into Wikipedia, Wikimedia projects or OpenStreetMap databases, and it adds immeasurably to the understanding of Africa to every human being on the planet (from the people in the village to the person in New York, Mumbai or Milan).
Though with a basic purpose of contributing to Wikipedia, the Wikipedian in Community is different from the Wikipedian in Residence. The Wikipedian in Residence is not simply an in-house editor: the role is fundamentally about enabling the host organisation and its members to continue a productive relationship with the encyclopedia and its community after the Residency is finished.
On the other hand, the Wikipedian in Community resides in the community in which user contribution and activation on Wikipedia is intended for. The communities are encouraged to collect specific content that includes, but is not limited to:
- basic administrative data (number of inhabitants, mayor name etc.)
- geographical mapping data
- images of the local area, including buildings, nearby mountains, important people etc.
- heritage, historical and cultural specificities, with additional video or audio interviews as needed
- profiling any notable people, elders, praise poets or griots, and
- any other other stories that are pertinent to the identity of the community or considered important to the larger community.
Cyriac, since September 2012, Cyriac Gbogou is an independent consultant, a job he does with passion, as an advisor, speaker and trainer. He was named by his peers “Village Chief” of the Ivorian web community.